In the story, “A Cruise in Honor of My Dad,” Carol Fiol of Lake Worth, Florida, tells how over the years her family kept talking about taking a cruise together, but never made the plans until her father became ill.
“A memory that always makes me smile is when I think about the time I took my children to a bon-voyage party off the pier of Manhattan. It was arranged by my father, who loved a party, to celebrate my parents’ cruise to Bermuda and show us how these cruise ships were so spectacular and a site to be seen,” blogs Fiol.
Although he passed away a few weeks before the planned voyage, the family cruised in his honor, and felt his presence on every deck.
“No one can convince me that his spirit was not sitting alongside me in the Explorer’s Lounge as the song, “I’ll Be Seeing You,” dad’s very favorite played,” continues Fiol. “He was there all right, smiling, humming along to the music, enjoying the family cruise, just like we had dreamed about for all those 30 years.”
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Chris Owen is a travel writer from Orlando Florida charged with sharing frank, inside information on cruise vacations with travelers. Certified a Master Cruise Counselor by the Cruise Lines International Association, Chris can be found via the popular travel blog, ChrisCruises.net and on the long-running cruise information website, YourCruiseDream.com.